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Secret/hidden charming restaurant in a canyon - driving me crazy help!

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xtinahb Dec 12, 2013 09:02 AM

Anyone know the name of this charming casual slightly crunchy vibe cafe / restaurant in some Los Angeles canyon (sorry I can't remember any details!) that basically is up in the trees with patio seating, wood decks, very adorable, and owned by a woman. Again, sooo vague I know but I remember reading about this place before and wanted to visit. I would love recommendations if other options like this exist! thank you chowhounds! -- xtina

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    DWB Dec 13, 2013 07:36 AM

    I know it's not what your looking for, but I'll throw out El Encanto on Hwy 39 above Azusa. Not female owned(as far as I know), owners after the Hinkleys were a disaster. I was there while still in the womb, though I don't remember much about those trips there. Oh, the corn fritters!

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      Jack Flash Dec 13, 2013 07:06 PM

      It's been gone for close to 10 years now, alas.

    2. JeMange Dec 12, 2013 06:36 PM

      Froggy's in Topanga?

      Outdoor decks. Loads of slightly crunchy (or very crunchy) people - every chick in there looks like late-stage Stevie Nicks - no liquor license so the margaritas are made with wine, I believe. Serviceable food.

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        kevin Dec 12, 2013 07:28 PM

        Wow. Late stage Stevie Nicks ?

        That's my proverbial cup of tea.

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          jessejames Dec 12, 2013 08:13 PM

          Fleetwood Big Mac

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            Tripeler Dec 13, 2013 06:53 AM

            Fleetwood Mac Big in Japan?

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        selfportrait93 Dec 12, 2013 06:07 PM

        Was your query answered, xtinatb?
        You may want to try Saddle Peak Lodge.

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          xtinahb Dec 12, 2013 09:08 PM

          A resounding thanks to all. I sadly don't think these are what I read about but it's definitely possible my memory is just shot! Saddle Peak looks awesome tho :)

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          kevin Dec 12, 2013 03:57 PM

          Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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            chewbacca Dec 12, 2013 06:04 PM

            Yes that's the one.

          2. Wayno Dec 12, 2013 02:38 PM

            Maybe the Canyon Bistro in Topanga.

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              ozhead Dec 12, 2013 03:50 PM

              Canyon Bistro is a good spot, but it doesn't have wooden decks and it's not owned by a woman.

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                Wayno Dec 12, 2013 03:51 PM

                Well, there is patio seating and there is wooden decking above it, for the places on the second level of that complex. And it was mostly staffed and managed by women when I last was there. In any event, it qualifies for the additional recommendation that the OP requested.

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                  Dirtywextraolives Dec 13, 2013 08:04 AM

                  There's also Abuelitas, which has wooden decks, is in the canyon by the stream, and has funky granola types. Don't know who owns it though.

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              ArtShapiro Dec 12, 2013 02:11 PM

              Is there any possibility you're referring to the Mt. Baldy Lodge in Baldy Village? It's certainly tree-surrounded and rather rustic and is owned by a nice lady.

              Art

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                Thor123 Dec 12, 2013 02:38 PM

                I would not consider that a Los Angeles canyon. Id you are going to Mt. Baldy, you might as well hit up one of the really cool canyon joints on the way to Santa Barbara. Cold Spring Tavern. Does not get much more rustic.

                http://www.coldspringtavern.com/

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                  elizabetheatsfood Dec 12, 2013 07:26 PM

                  I LOVE that place. Such a beautiful spot.

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                    glbtrtr Dec 13, 2013 02:12 PM

                    The Ranch House in Ojai also has wooden deck tables tucked among the trees, run by some women early herbalist types before their time, and seating runs up the hillside. Meh food, but if you are far afield, this is woodsy dining experience too.

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                Thor123 Dec 12, 2013 09:05 AM

                There is a place in Laurel Canyon. Pace I think is the name.

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                  xtinahb Dec 12, 2013 09:09 AM

                  Thort123 I thought this too when I saw the name but the place I am thinking of is an outdoor restaurant! Will be roaming this area tho and Pace has great reviews. Thank you!

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                    Thor123 Dec 12, 2013 09:12 AM

                    Inn of the 7th in Topanga may be it.

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                      elizabetheatsfood Dec 12, 2013 10:19 AM

                      Malibu cafe at calamigos ranch is really beautiful.

                      http://themalibucafe.com/

                      327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

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                        xtinahb Dec 12, 2013 10:26 AM

                        gorgeous! thank you!

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                          bringiton Dec 12, 2013 10:52 AM

                          What about Four Oaks on Beverly Glen, it has been closed for several years, although I heard there something may be opening up there.

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                            Thor123 Dec 12, 2013 10:58 AM

                            Not yet, although a long term lease was signed.

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                              elizabetheatsfood Dec 12, 2013 11:02 AM

                              God, that was a beautiful place and I had completely forgotten about it. It is a great space so how wonderful that someone is taking it on.

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                                yogachik Dec 13, 2013 02:49 PM

                                Sounded like Four Oaks to me, immediately.

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                                  Thor123 Dec 13, 2013 03:00 PM

                                  Cant be. Its been closed for years. Finally going to re-open next year but the re-model has not started. Got to be the Inn of 7th Rey.

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                                    chewbacca Dec 13, 2013 03:56 PM

                                    Yep. Female owner. Overlooking the gully with all the little lights. Has to be Inn of the 7th Ray.

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                              jessejames Dec 12, 2013 11:00 AM

                              never been looks great!
                              we love saddlepeak lodge

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                            kevin Dec 12, 2013 03:57 PM

                            Is Pace even still around ?????????

                            What's the name of the joint where girls who are pregnant go to induce labor with the salad ???????

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                              Thor123 Dec 12, 2013 04:00 PM

                              I think Pace is still there. The Chef was a partner in the recently failed Sierrena (in the old Pane Vino space on Beverly) which wound up being a train wreck.

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                                kevin Dec 12, 2013 04:02 PM

                                Train wrecks are always fun.

                                'sorry

                                Bad joke.

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                                susiequeue Dec 12, 2013 05:53 PM

                                It was Caoti in Laurel Cyn, as I recall. Not there anymore but I think I read (a long time ago) that they moved to the valley....

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                                  carter Dec 12, 2013 06:22 PM

                                  The former Caoti is now Pace.
                                  Pace overlapping ownership with Cheebo on Sunset Blvd not far from Guitar Center.

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Dec 13, 2013 08:02 AM

                                    Yes, you're correct.

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                                    elizabetheatsfood Dec 12, 2013 07:25 PM

                                    It is still called caoti, and the menu has barely changed (though it is still pretty good.) It is on Tujunga near Aroma cafe.

                              3. Baron Dec 12, 2013 09:05 AM

                                Sounds like the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga Canyon

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                                  xtinahb Dec 12, 2013 09:08 AM

                                  intrigued! thank you!

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                                    Thor123 Dec 12, 2013 09:11 AM

                                    Could be. I was thinking that too. Much more remote. Much cooler vibe.

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